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Scam Alert: Bourbon barrel company pretending to be headquartered in Lexington is stiffing customers

Attorney General Andy Beshear has issued a Scam Alert after his office and the Better Business Bureau say an online company claiming to be located in Lexington and selling bourbon barrels is scamming customers. OakWoodBarrels.com claims that “The Oak Wood Barrel Co.” sells bourbon, craft beer and spirit barrels that are ready to ship worldwide, yet three victims, two from out-of-state in Kansas...

Beshear Welcomes Department of KY Veterans of Foreign Wars as ‘Mission Veterans Protected’ Partner

More than 200 Veterans of Foreign Wars and Attorney General Andy Beshear are joining forces to stop scammers who specifically target Kentucky veterans and their families. As part of the Department of Kentucky Veterans of Foreign Wars annual conference in Louisville, Beshear spoke with veterans about his office’s Mission Veterans Protected (MVP) program, which aims to help reverse the high rate of...

Beshear urges victims of fraud involving Western Union in KY to file claims; 7000 eligible for $6.7m

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that Kentuckians who have been victims of fraud induced wire transfers involving Western Union need to begin filing claims as part of a global settlement reached January with the company. An estimated 7,000 Kentuckians are eligible for roughly $6.7 million in claims. Kentuckians who reported to Western Union, the Federal Trade Commission or Beshear’s...

Attorney General’s Offices warns of new scam targeting programs aimed at assisting veterans

A scam preying upon Kentuckians’ goodwill toward veterans and veteran causes has been reported, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear. The AG office has received several reports, including one from Kentucky State Police, who said a caller claiming to be with the “Coalition for Veterans of America” is seeking donations to help cover Veterans Affairs medical bills and aid homeless veterans. The...

AG warns of online dating ‘sweetheart scams,’ which cost Kentuckians $80,000 last year

As Valentine’s Day approaches, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning Kentuckians of the “sweetheart” scam, which reports suggest caused Kentuckians to lose more than $80,000 last year. A sweetheart scammer typically uses a fake photo and identity to approach a victim through social media or online dating sites and acts as if they are interested in getting to know him or her. Over time, the...

Beshear teams with U.S. Postal service to unveil scam alert consumer protection campaign

Attorney General Andy Beshear joined United States Postal Inspector Alejandro Almaguer to announce a “Scam Alerts” consumer protection campaign. The awareness effort between the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the Office of the Attorney General aims to help Kentucky postal customers avoid falling victim to mail fraud and scams. Beshear and Almaguer unveiled the Scam Alerts campaign and...

Beshear: Fake law enforcement charity scam targeting Kentuckians

Attorney General Andy Beshear warned Kentuckians of a fraudulent phone scam where a caller claims to represent a law enforcement charity. Beshear said his office is receiving reports of a suspicious call, which appears to be coming from a Kentucky phone number, where a caller requests a donation to supposedly help police officers or law enforcement families. Reports suggest the caller is seeking an...

Commentary: New service from attorney general’s office offers Kentuckians protection from scams

I wanted to be your Attorney General to build a better, safer state for Kentucky families. Unfortunately, too many Kentuckians are calling my office, upset and devastated after being scammed. They need help in recovering thousands of dollars they have sent to a con artist. These con artists are persuasive. Anyone can fall for their lies and threats. Just recently, a senior citizen in Elizabethtown...